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This Week In DOCTOR WHO History: Aug 18th to Aug 24th

Barrowman's pissed at us for last week's column. Calls in the Welsh massive for back-up.

Click on any red text to read our full retrospectives/reviews for that episode. All dates and viewing figures listed are for UK premier broadcasts unless otherwise stated.

August 18th
Once again, we're in the middle of the Summer schedules so brand new premiere episodes are a tad sparse this week in Doctor Who history, but we're not going to result to ripping on John Barrowman's singing career for two weeks running just to hit the word count, oh no! We'd never do that. Would we?

Feel the warmth of my sincerity as we begin this week's all-things-Who retrospective with the sixth episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, titled The Middle Men, which was broadcast on BBC One this day in 2011 and watched by 4.6 million viewers. I'm sure all of them are BIG fans of your singing John, we were only jesting last week. Honest. Look, to make up for it how about a video clip? Altogether now...

There, that's better isn't it?

August 20th
No new Who but a BIG day for Who-related birthdays, with Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and the late Anthony Ainley all born on this day. How fun must it have been on the set of Survival when they all realised that eh?

Altogether now...

Versatility, thy name is John.

August 22nd
It's time for a bit of actual history at this point in our round up of Doctor Who history as we remember the tale of French peasant Jean Valjean, and his quest for that's not right, my mistake. It is, of course, the 1964 First Doctor pure historical adventure The Reign Of Terror. Episode 3 of the six part story was titled A Change of Identity and was broadcast at 5:29pm to an audience of 6.9 million viewers. As you can see from the screen grab above, old Firsty has himself an envelope stuffed with notes, he's in talks with a local tout, trying to secure himself a pair of front-row tickets to John Barrowman's one man production of Les Miserables...

What a night that was, eh? Alka-Seltzers all round the next morning.

August 23rd
Back in 1965 the first of the Peter Cusing Dr. Who movies, Dr Who and the Daleks, received its premiere on this day. Flash forward to 2002 and the fourth episode of the Doctor Who webcast Real Time was available to watch from 12:00pm. Starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and featuring the Cybermen, you can view the whole thing here.

But we want actual proper Doctor Who, don't we? Well you're in luck, as Peter Capaldi's debut story Deep Breath was simulcast on TV and in UK cinemas from 7:52pm on Saturday August 23rd 2014. 9.17 million viewers tuned into the BBC that night, and the cinema screening took £522,908 at the box office, making it the 8th highest-grossing feature of that week in the UK despite only having one showing.

Hardly surprising when you see what was on ITV!...

Jesus Christ indeed!

August 24th
Don't you just hate it when you go on 3, 2, 1 and you win Dusty Bin? Me, I always preferred Family Fortunes anyway...

Where were we? Oh yes, see that semi-clothed man above the Barrowman family video? The one stood next to the broken filing cabinet with a couple of sawn-off table legs stuck in it? Well that's actually a screen grab from episode 3 of The Dominators, which was broadcast in 1968 at 5:15pm and watched by 5.4 million viewers.

It's alright, there's no more Barrowman to come! It's safe to take your fingers out your ears because that's it for this week in Doctor Who history, but did you watch any of these adventures live? Do you own a John Barrowman CD? I mean, someone must, surely? (No John, you don't count) Tell us in the comments below.

Until next Sunday...

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